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Author Guidelines

IJRC welcomes submissions by academics and practitioners alike who are involved in the study of rural criminology or with responses to rural crime. Prospective authors should contact the editors of IJRC concerning any questions about types of submissions for publication in the journal.

Submissions should be provided in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, with 1 inch (2.54cm) margins, left justification only, and no headers or footers. Endnotes should be appropriately numbered in the text using the ‘insert endnote’ functionality of Microsoft Word, with each notation placed at the end of the narrative. Citations and references should follow the formatting style of the American Psychological Association (APA 7). Articles should use American Psychological Association (APA) 7 style guide.

Please contact the editors for questions about formatting and referencing style. A submission preparation checklist is offered below.

Article Types:

Editorial / editor’s introduction: each issue will include a short (not to exceed 1000 words) overview of the articles in the issue plus any other pertinent information that the editors judge to be of significance.


Full-length manuscripts focused on rural criminological theory and research are generally in the range of 6,000-10,000 words inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices.

Research Notes

Shorter-length manuscripts of 3,000-6,000 words (inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices) are generally more narrow in focus or report preliminary findings of research and emergent theoretical discussions regarding rural crime and rural criminology.

Policy and Practice: Notes from the Field

Manuscripts of 3,000-8,000 words (inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices) are generally focused on crime reduction strategies and criminal justice policies for rural places. Manuscripts about the challenges of rural criminological research are also welcomed. Here, we also actively encourage practical insights from those outside of academia on innovations planned or being deployed to address rural offending and victimisation.


Like articles, submissions of reviews for publication in IJRC are of two types. First, there are reviews of 1,000 – 3,000 words for a single book or other scholarly work. Second, reviews of two or more books or other multiple scholarly works are permissible so long as there is an explicit theme which unites the narrative. Reviews of multiple works should range between 3,000 and 7,000 words. Reviews of conferences, films, television documentaries and other sources about the context of rural crime, crime prevention and criminal justice policy are likewise eligible for publication in IJRC.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions on Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.
  7. To comply with the terms of the publisher's Crossref membership, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) must be included with references when they are available. To check for DOIs, you can use the Simple Text Query on the Crossref website. By checking the box, you assert that you have included DOIs where applicable.
  8. It is the responsibility of the lead author of any manuscript to obtain any and all necessary permissions for copywrite material which is utilised (refer to Copywrite Notice)
  9. Submissions should include, on a separate page, the following:
    a title (and if necessary a sub-title) for the manuscript
    • an abstract of between 200 and 300 words
    • five key words
    • ORCD id for each contributing author
    • Author(s) name(s), institution/affiliation, and a brief biography of between 40 and 60 words

Copyright Notice

This Author Agreement for the International Journal of Rural Criminology ("Agreement") is entered into by and between The Ohio State University, on behalf of its University Libraries ("Publisher") and the author ("Author").

For good and valuable consideration, Publisher and Author agree as follows:

1. Author hereby grants to Publisher the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, translate, transmit and display his/her submitted work and an abstract thereof ("Work") in the International Journal of Rural Criminology in whole or in part and in all formats and all media. Author also hereby grants to Publisher the right for Publisher to enter into agreements with third parties that grant such third parties any or all of the rights that Author has granted to Publisher herein. The aforementioned rights may include the rights necessary to index and abstract the Work. The Author agrees that any subsequent publication of the Work will credit the International Journal of Rural Criminology as the site of first publication and provide a link to the International Journal of Rural Criminology website. This Agreement is subject to the terms and expectations outlined on Publisher's website (

2. Author represents and war­rants that: (1) they are the creator and rights holder of the Work; (2) Publisher's exercise of the rights granted to Publisher herein will not infringe or violate any copyright or any other right of a third party; (3) if the Work contains any third party content, they have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner or that use of third party material is allowed because the material is in the public domain or an appropriate fair use analysis has been performed and there is a reasonable belief that use is permitted and (4) the Work contains nothing libelous or otherwise unlawful. Author hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Publisher and its trustees, officers, employees, agents, and subgrantees from all claims related to Publisher's exercise of the rights granted to Publisher herein or related to the subject matter covered in Author's representations and warranties.

The International Journal of Rural Criminology is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives license to allow for certain types of reuse without permission. By submitting this agreement, the Author agrees to apply a CC BY-ND 4.0 license to the Work upon publication.


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